VACV130 Media Scriptwriting

Department of The Arts: Cinema/Video Production

I. Course Number and Title
VACV130 Media Scriptwriting
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
IV. Prerequisites
Writing Placement Test score of 6 or better or COMP107 (C or better)
Writing Placement Test score of 6 or better or COMP107 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of writing and critiquing scripts for various media. Students write, edit and pitch original material. Students critique their own work and the work of other writers.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students will
      1. write scripts for four basic functions of broadcast media: education, information, persuasion, and entertainment;
      2. research, concept, sequence, write, and edit both adaptations and original material;
      3. critique a variety of media writing; and
      4. create and produce a pitch for an original dramatic series.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. students carry out writing assignments adapted to the needs of radio, commercial, documentary and news media in which students develop plots, time lines and characters to deliver a message
    2. students read and discuss works that demonstrate various models of scriptwriting
    3. students critique student generated and professional work
    4. students write a short narrative script, a commercial campaign, a documentary script and a pitch for an original dramatic series
    5. development of plots with ample detail, time line unity and coherence
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    1. Course
      1. Course learning goals are assessed with group critiques of all assignments, based on the successful design, execution, and completion of specific projects.
      2. At least two individual critiques with the instructor are held each semester, to assess projects using the above criteria and to review students’ overall progress.
      3. Students’ scripts are assessed for aesthetic and technical quality and progress.

    2. Core (if applicable)
    3. This course is not included in the Core.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    Textbooks, online resources, videos and scripts.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.

Review/Approval Date - 3/07; Revised 02/2011